UP Cebu unveils markers for professional schools and library in Lahug, SRP campuses

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Written by: RONA JOYCE T. FERNANDEZ
Published in: SunStar Cebu Website

AS part of its 10-point agenda in becoming a constituent university, the University of the Philippines (UP) yesterday unveiled the markers of its Learning Commons and Academic Building in the UP Cebu Professional Schools (UPPS) in Lahug and SRP campuses.

Inaugurated in January 2013, the UPPS at the South Road Properties (SRP) offers masters degrees in Computer Science, Education, Business Administration and Environmental Studies.
UP Vice President Elvira Zamora, in her speech, said the UPPS is a symbol of societal responsibility.

“This is a representation of the university’s commitment to the people. We are also finding programs that will be useful as a resource university and not a competition for other schools in Cebu,” she said.

Inspired by the administration building in UP Diliman, the UPPS Learning Commons is a four-story circular building that features an electronic library with 53 computer units.
UP Cebu College Librarian Emma Gendioco, in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, said that upon enrollment, each graduate studies student is given an Internet card that entitles a student to 20 hours of free Internet.

“If they have used up their first 20 hours, they can always reload. An hour costs P20. Our new computers are highly advanced so they won’t be robbed off of their hours,” she said.

The Academic Building, on the other hand, offers a speech laboratory intended for BPOs (business process outsourcing) for high-end proficiency in the English language.
UP Cebu Acting Chancellor and Dean Liza Corro, in a separate interview, said that UPPS being the only school to offer Masters of Science in Environmental Studies is a center of development.

The degree program is designed to be an inter-disciplinary program that combines natural and physical sciences with economics and the social sciences.
“We would really like to invite everyone who’s interested, the local government units and the private companies to avail (themselves) of our program because it will be a really big help to them,” Corro said.

Aside from the existing masters degrees, Corro said UPPS will also offer short-term programs.
The UP ITDC (Information Technology Development Center) is one of the colleges that will open short-term courses.
“We would like to elevate the standard of skills of our employees that when they get hired it’s not just for the lower level employment but also for skills that are knowledge-based,” she said.

She added that the short-term programs will also help those who are planning to work overseas that they will not only be hired for the lower level manufacturing skills but to allow them to work for higher levels of employment.